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Stephen Baldwin admits he failed to pay NY taxes

March 30, 2013
By JIM FITZGERALD , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW CITY, N.Y. - Stephen Baldwin, the youngest of four brothers in show business, said Friday he's looking forward to "clearing the wreckage of my past."

Step 1 will be coming up with $300,000 for the tax man.

Baldwin, 46, admitted in Rockland County Court that he failed to pay New York state income taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Under a plea bargain, he gets to stay out of jail - so he can make some money - and can have his record wiped clean if he pays the taxes within a year.

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Actor Stephen Baldwin leaves Rockland County Court in New City, N.Y., Friday. Baldwin, 46, admitted in court that he failed to pay New York state income taxes for the years, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

His total bill in taxes, interest and penalties is $400,000, but state Supreme Court Justice Charles Apotheker said $100,000 had already been paid.

Baldwin, currently appearing on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," said he never intended to avoid paying taxes and got in trouble by trusting others.

"Unfortunately, I got some really bad suggestions and advice ... from lawyers and accountants," he said outside court.

Baldwin, who lives in Upper Grandview, said he believes he can meet the deadline, noting that his father was a schoolteacher who made $25,000 and raised six kids.

"I just look forward to getting the $300,000 paid in the next year," he said.

He said he's directing a movie starring his brother William and that other "faith-based opportunities" consistent with his principles are emerging.

 
 

 

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